Cuba Libre?: Beach Interlude

Playas del Este

A lot of people bypass the hustle and bustle and exhaust fumes of Havana and head straight for the beach resorts.  One afternoon, those of us not staying on for a beach holiday at the end headed out to one to see what all the fuss was about, this was the Caribbean after all.  A thirty minute taxi ride took us to the one of the Playas del Este and the beautiful golden sands and azure waters of Megano.  It was stunning, uncrowded and unspoiled but with bamboo sun shades and little beach huts selling delicious cocktails and snacks.


 We decided on one cabaret show too and the Cafe Parisien, located next to our afternoon haunt the Hotel Nacional was chosen.  It was a dazzling spectacle that almost lasted too long and is probably one of the most expensive nights out to be had in Havana.  It certainly ticked the ‘see a cabaret’ box.  The room was small and intimate and plush and we had an excellent table next to the stage.  The food, paid for with the tickets was shocking.  Ham in the vegetarian pasta and the carnivores didnt like what they got either.

6 thoughts on “Cuba Libre?: Beach Interlude

  1. as a consolation for your appalling meal, i have to tell you that the picture you have taken of the dancers is really amazing..
    last year, in Seville, i was trying to take some stills of the action at the Flamenco Museum, but i miserably failed, for various reasons::
    1 it was very dark
    2 was using a compact camera with standard small useless lenses
    3 it was forbidden taking photos, so i had to be sneaky, and couldn’t use the flash..
    i could have gone to some other place where the meal was included, and the pictures were easier to take, but had instead a very expensive dinner at Egana Oriza, and then went to see the best show in town..
    so, horrible pictures, but a night never to forget….
    sometimes you can’t just have it all..

    • Hi Andi
      Thank you! I loved Cuba. I just saw your piece on Macau. I was recently there too and really enjoyed it. I was only there for a few days so I visited the historical areas and did a mad casino dash!

  2. Thanks! The dinner was a definite low light. I advise anyone going to see this cabaret to eat elsewhere first. The room was plush and intimate and we had a great table and cameras are definitely allowed so I didnt have your disadvantage of having to hide small inadequate equipment! Having said that I love flamenco and prefer that to cabaret extravaganzas and I went to Sevilla and didnt do that! Well its not so far and I have an excuse to go back there!

    • Hi Karen great information about hivang an attitude of gratitude. It makes such a difference to have a positive attitude in life and reminding ourselves about the things we are greatful for helps when that negative day comes along. I like the idea of hivang a journal great way to reinforce the positive. Thanks for a great show!

    • Karen, Thank you for the challenge to coedisnr old vows and how they may be roadblocks to keep us stuck. I appreciate your wise insights; you’ve certainly given me a new way of thinking.

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